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Abigail Pinsent's smile showed her pride in being named Youth of the Year

Abigail Pinsent poses for a photo with her Youth of the Year Stephen Award she was presented on Sunday evening at the 2017 Stephen Awards held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 35.
Abigail Pinsent poses for a photo with her Youth of the Year Stephen Award she was presented on Sunday evening at the 2017 Stephen Awards held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 35. - Frank Gale

A shy Abigail Pinsent didn’t have much to say after being named Youth of the Year at the annual Stephen Awards Banquet on Sunday, but her smile said it all.

She was beaming and did acknowledge she had some amazing competition for the award in Faith Young, nominated by the Community Youth Network, and Meghan Morey, by the Duke of Edinburgh Steering Committee. All three attend Stephenville High School.

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The daughter of Paul Pinsent and Dara Best-Pinsent appreciated the nomination by the Girl Guides of Canada, as well as the support of her parents.

She has been an active member of the Guides for 12 years, where she helps plan many major functions and mentors the younger Guides.

Pinsent serves as a Sparks junior leader and is a role model for the young girls, helping to design and paint the Guides’ float in the Christmas parade for the past three years.

She’s able to do this as a talented artist and also provided those talents in painting a mural in the courthouse for the Child Services office.

Pinsent also has musical talents she shares as a member of the concert band and with the school choir and she participated in the Rotary Music Festival with the high school band. She’s also a member of the drama club and a peer tutor at high school.

Having completed her Silver Duke of Edinburgh level, she is now working towards gold. In Guides she completed her bronze Chief Commissioners Award and is working towards her silver.

Pinsent maintains a first class honours standing in her studies at Stephenville High.

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